Deep States – Alpha Theta Neurofeedback Workshop

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This course from NewMind Academy is presented to avail clinicians the opportunity to learn in depth the complexities of alpha theta training. Our goal is to ensure that practitioners feel well informed and competent enough to begin utilizing this most valuable and underused technique in Neurofeedback upon completion of the workshop. We will offer hands on experience as well as the opportunity to engage in an ongoing mentoring process to support what attendees have learned.

Participants seeking CE hours to be applied toward BCIA for this workshop should already be certified and have clinical experience. This workshop will be at an intermediate to advanced level. Prior experience in counseling or coaching will be very helpful toward understanding this special modality of neurofeedback. Participants not seeking certification may participate if they have an interest in EEG Biofeedback as a practitioner, staff, or student with an interest in expanding their knowledge of EEG Biofeedback.

History of Alpha Theta: Key Players
Elmer Green: Theta Training
Penniston & Kulkosky: Using Alpha To Get To Theta
Nancy White & Dale Walters: The Refinement of The Technique
Bill Scott: Reducing Abreactions & Recent Research

Theory Behind Alpha Theta
Liminal States & Arousal Theory
Mental Rehearsal: Programming The Unconscious Rescripting
Memory Encoding Frequencies: State & Context Dependent Memory
Reducing Internal Chatter: Profound Attention
Crossovers: Fact or Fiction
Hypnogogic Images vs Visualizations
Using Alpha to Generate Theta
Systematic Desensitization
Transpersonal Psychology: Insight Training

Nature of Trauma
The Neurophysiology of Trauma
Neurochemistry & Trauma
Electrophysiology of Trauma
Networks of Trauma

Candidates For Alpha Theta
Anxiety & PTSD Best
Problems With ADD
Problems With Depression

Setting up Your Computer For Alpha Theta
Visualization Techniques


The Training Progression
Implementing the Protocol
Peripheral Pre-Training
Cognitive Preparation
Implementing Visualizations
Managing Crossovers
Post Session Integration
Typical Progression of Sessions
Number of Sessions Required

Abreactions & Other Complications
The Nature of Abreaction: Memory Networks
Retraumatization or Resolution
The Issue of Suffering
The Role of The Therapist’s Issues

When it Doesn’t Work
The Importance of Social Context

A Typical Alpha Theta Session
Visualization Techniques
Post Session Interview Techniques

Brief History of Meditation
Sources in Religious Traditions
Hindu vs Buddhist Approaches
TM vs Relaxation Response

The Types of Meditation
The Meditation Traditions
Access State & Concentration
Other States

Research On Meditation
Physiological Research
EEG Research
EEG Model Of Meditation

Using Neurofeedback to Assist
Physiological Pre-Training: Breathing & HRV
Protocols & Frequencies To Use

Blocks To Meditation
Anxiety, Depression, & Disorder
Western Cultural Bias
Lifestyle Issues
Ethical Issues

Setting Up Your Computer For NeuroMeditation
Personal NeuroMeditation Session


Practicum II
Confounds & Technical Issue

Richard Soutar

Richard Soutar, Ph.D., BCN, is a board-certified neurofeedback provider who has managed clinics throughout the United States. He is the director of neurofeedback services at New Mind Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as director of research and development for NewMind Technologies.

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